Where to stay around Vancouver Island?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,053 holiday lettings near Vancouver Island. From 907 Houses to 213 Cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Vancouver Island is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Vancouver Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Vancouver Island. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • United States: 482,977 holiday homes
  • Victoria: 940 holiday homes
  • Tofino: 147 holiday homes
  • Washington: 8,782 holiday homes
  • Canadian Rockies: 10,279 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Vancouver Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Vancouver Island?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Vancouver Island with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Victoria: 940 holiday lettings
  • Tofino: 147 holiday lettings
  • Ucluelet: 77 holiday lettings
  • Nanaimo: 178 holiday lettings
  • Campbell River: 54 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Vancouver Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Vancouver Island are:

  • Texada Gillies Bay Airport (YGB): 96 self catering accommodations
  • Nanaimo Airport (YCD): 212 self catering accommodations
  • Saturna Island, BC (YAJ-Lyall Harbour Seaplane Base): 290 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Vancouver Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Vancouver Island. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • The Old School House Arts Centre: 264 holiday rentals
  • Craigdarroch Castle: 905 holiday rentals
  • Havenwood Park: 947 holiday rentals
  • Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community: 154 holiday rentals
  • Long Harbour Ferry Terminal: 356 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Vancouver Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Make a holiday rental apartment or accommodation in Vancouver Island, Canada your home away from home

Vancouver Island is a huge island off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Holidays to Vancouver Island are rich in outdoor activities, stunning historic buildings and culinary excellence, meaning that Vancouver Island tourism thrives with discerning travellers who wish to explore this wonderful island independently.

Things to do on holiday in Vancouver Island, Canada

Vancouver Island’s wildlife is amazing. Vast trees cover most of the island, interrupted only by the snow capped peaks that rise above the tree line, large glaciers and gushing rivers which carve their way to the rugged coast. There are thousands of mammals, reptiles and bird species which live here, making Vancouver Island accommodation the perfect destination for bird watchers and animal lovers. Black bears, cougars and many other large species can sometimes be seen in the inland areas, while holidays to Vancouver Island’s coastline enable you to view a staggering diversity of marine life, ranging from humpback whales to dolphins and from Orcas to porpoises. Whale watching and Vancouver Island wildlife tours can be arranged from many coastal resorts on Vancouver Island.

A holiday rental in Vancouver Island’s coastal regions also offers a stunning base for sailing holidays. There are a large number of smaller islands in the Vancouver Island region, with inspiring names like Cabbage Island and Rum, and even more inspiring scenery. The scuba diving is also incredible from Vancouver Island accommodation. Second only to the Red Sea for water clarity and wildlife diversity, the whole area is a diver’s paradise. The coastal region is also a surfer’s paradise, whether you are a pro looking for large barrelling reef breaks or easy beach breaks for beginners.

Inland, the rivers and lakes are a haven for fishermen. Vancouver Island fishing is simply exceptional, with amazingly large fish being caught with surprising regularity. There is never any shortage of expert advice available from Vancouver Island accommodation, and the locations of the best beats are readily available from the Vancouver Island tourist information office.

Despite the fact the Vancouver Island has a remarkably mild climate which means you can play golf, walk, cycle or ride horses through the lower level country all year round, you can also ski and snowboard in the higher reaches. There is some exceptionally tough pistes available and some fearsome off-piste.

Places to visit on holiday in Vancouver Island, Canada

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, located in the forested lowlands of Vancouver Island. The stunning inner harbour of Victoria should be on the attractions list of anyone staying in any Vancouver Island accommodation, and you will certainly not be disappointed the first time you lay eyes on it.

Sooke is a year round holiday destination on the coast. Offering some of the finest fishing, sailing and hiking in the area, it is little surprise the Vancouver Island holiday rentals in Sooke are so highly sought after.

Weather in Vancouver Island, Canada

Vancouver Island has the mildest climate in Canada, with warm summers in which daily temperatures often reach into the mid 20’s (°C). Evenings can be cold, and in winter, temperatures can average as little as 0°C, but during this time, the island has a magical sense of serenity, and winter is a great time to visit Vancouver Island accommodation.

Travel to Vancouver Island, Canada

Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is the main airport on Vancouver Island, and the main one for visitors arriving from international destinations. From the UK, visitors must change flights in a larger American airport, but the trip is more than worth it.

Activities and attractions in and around Vancouver Island

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit while you're in the area? Travellers enjoy fun activities like whale watching and hiking. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Vancouver Island a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Nimpkish Park (14.2 mi / 22.8 km)
  • Gold Muchalat Provincial Park (20.1 mi / 32.3 km)
  • Upana Caves (22.7 mi / 36.5 km)
  • Mount Washington Alpine Resort (23.6 mi / 38 km)

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Vancouver Island

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to take in the scenery, Vancouver Island is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Strathcona Provincial Park (6.5 mi / 10.5 km)
  • Nimpkish Park (14.2 mi / 22.8 km)
  • Della Falls (17.9 mi / 28.8 km)
  • Gold Muchalat Provincial Park (20.1 mi / 32.3 km)
  • Hot Springs Cove (28.1 mi / 45.2 km)
  • Clayoquot Sound (29.6 mi / 47.6 km)